October 24, 2008

Harrington Hospital Breaks Ground on Region’s First Comprehensive Cancer Center

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Harrington Hospital today officially broke ground on a state-of-the-art Cancer Center that will deliver the latest in radiation therapies and medical oncology to the region.

The $14 million two-story free-standing center, to be built at the edge of the Harrington Hospital campus in Southbridge, will be the first facility of its kind between Springfield and Worcester. It will feature the latest technologies and treatments, such as Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), which focuses the radiation treatment on the tumor and spares the normal tissue. The center is a joint venture with 21st Century Oncology, Inc.

"There is a great need for a center of this nature in the region. People in South Central Massachusetts will no longer have to travel great distances to receive world-class cancer care. By building this center, we will enable our patients to receive Harrington's trademark TLC -- total local care," said Harrington Hospital Chief Executive Officer Edward Moore, who presided at the groundbreaking with Alan Peppel, the chairman of the board of Harrington Hospital; Hamer Clarke, chairman of the Building Committee of the Harrington Board of Directors; H. Hugo Myslicki of 21st Century Oncology, Inc.; State Senator Richard Moore; and State Representatives Geraldo Alicea, Anne Gobi and Todd Smola.

The 21,000 square-foot, two-story center, slated to open in the second half of 2009, will be staffed by certified radiation and medical oncologists with expansion to include surgical subspecialties currently only available in Worcester. The center will include a chemotherapy suite, state-of-the-art linear accelerator and treatment planning equipment, advanced clinical trials and cancer support services.

About Harrington Memorial Hospital

Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, http://www.harringtonhospital.org/, provides medical and surgical inpatient care, 24-hour emergency services and psychiatric care, obstetrical care, intensive/coronary care, and comprehensive outpatient services. Harrington's mission is to deliver Total Local Care (TLC), providing personalized, compassionate care and advanced technology close to home for residents and communities of South Central Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut.

About 21st Century Oncology, Inc.

21st Century Oncology, Inc. based in Fort Myers, Florida, is a leading developer and operator of freestanding and hospital-based radiation therapy centers. The company operates numerous centers throughout the United States, and it has successfully treated thousands of cancer patients, in its 23 years in business. Several of its senior radiation oncologists have served as leaders of the American College of Radiation Oncology and other prestigious professional cancer care organizations and credentialing bodies. For more information, visit http://www.21stcenturyoncology.com/.

Harrington Hospital

CONTACT: Tom Nutile, +1-508-764-2418, [email protected] orDawn Sanchez, +1-508-765-3146, [email protected], both ofHarrington Hospital

Web Site: http://www.21stcenturyoncology.com/http://www.harringtonhospital.org/